Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Windows XP: Recovering from a Failed Driver Installation

Sometimes when you install a device driver the installation can fail, because of corrupt files, problems with the installer, resource conflicts, etc. To fix this issue, below is a list of some common solutions that might help you to recover from this problem:
  • Uninstall the device driver, restart the computer and try reinstalling it again.
  • Try using the Driver Roll Back feature.
  • Try using the System Restore feature.
    • From the Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore. Follow the instructions in the wizard.
  • Reboot the computer, press F8 at startup, and select 'Last Known Good Configuration' and press the Enter key.
After following the advice above, if your system is still giving you some problems (such as displaying errors, rebooting, etc.) you can also try the following:
  • From the MS-DOS prompt, type "sfc.exe /scannow" (this runs the System File Checker). It verify the protected system files, and if problems are found it will revert them to a previous version.

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